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For this poll we're ranking the nerdiest anime characters of all time, but don't be surprised to see some entries that might be controversial. The words nerd or geek are kind of convoluted these days, but traditionally they describe someone who studies a lot, is intelligent, and maybe has some awkward tendencies. Some of the geeky anime characters on this list are nerdy because of their hobbies, like how Cowboy Bebop's Ed is a brilliant hacker that spends a lot of time online. Others like Light Yagami may be handsome or smooth with the ladies, but still get perfect grades in school and appear to be outwardly nerdy.

You can add any anime nerd characters to the list if they're not already here, so please contribute some of your favorites. Don't forget to check out the best anime characters with glasses too, where you'll probably see some of the same characters.
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404 88
L is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Nerdiest Anime Characters of All Time
L Death Note, Death Note, Death Note: The Last Name

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2
283 121
Light Yagami is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Nerdiest Anime Characters of All Time
Light Yagami Death Note, Death Note: Re-light: L's Successors, Death Note

3
221 70
Zoe Hange is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Nerdiest Anime Characters of All Time

4
208 78
Armin Arlelt is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Nerdiest Anime Characters of All Time

5
202 77
Yukio Okumura is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Nerdiest Anime Characters of All Time
Yukio Okumura Blue Exorcist, Blue Exorcist

6
174 61
Levy McGarden is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Nerdiest Anime Characters of All Time
shaurya-kapoor added Levy McGarden

7
185 88
Bulma is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Nerdiest Anime Characters of All Time
liamsimpson added Bulma Dragon Ball Z, Dragon Ball Z Kai, Dragon Ball

8
207 96
Shikamaru Nara is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Nerdiest Anime Characters of All Time
Shikamaru Nara Naruto, Naruto Shippuden the Movie, Naruto Shippuden the Movie: Bonds

9
183 83
Near is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Nerdiest Anime Characters of All Time
Near Death Note

10
123 41
Ken Kaneki is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Nerdiest Anime Characters of All Time
Jasmine Saghafifar added Ken Kaneki

11
212 89
Edward Elric is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Nerdiest Anime Characters of All Time
Edward Elric FullMetal Alchemist, Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood, Fullmetal Alchemist

12
156 72
Uryū Ishida is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Nerdiest Anime Characters of All Time
Uryū Ishida Bleach, Bleach: The DiamondDust Rebellion, Bleach: Memories of Nobody

13
142 57
Ed is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Nerdiest Anime Characters of All Time
Ed Cowboy Bebop

14
176 64
Kyoya Ootori is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Nerdiest Anime Characters of All Time
Kyoya Ootori Ouran High School Host Club, Ouran High School Host Club

15
110 52
Conan Edogawa is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Nerdiest Anime Characters of All Time
Conan Edogawa Case Closed: Private Eye in the Distant Sea

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16
124 64
Lelouch Lamperouge is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Nerdiest Anime Characters of All Time
Lelouch Lamperouge Code Geass

17
113 79
Shino Aburame is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Nerdiest Anime Characters of All Time
Shino Aburame Naruto, Naruto Shippūden, Naruto Shippuden the Movie: Bonds

18
110 63
Dr. Briefs is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Nerdiest Anime Characters of All Time
liamsimpson added Dr. Briefs Dragon Ball Z, Plan to Destroy the Saiya-jin, Dragon Ball Z: Broly – The Legendary Super Saiyan

19
135 70
Kakashi Hatake is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Nerdiest Anime Characters of All Time
shaurya-kapoor added Kakashi Hatake Naruto, Naruto Shippūden, Naruto the Movie: Guardians of the Crescent Moon Kingdom

20
117 74
Gohan (adult) is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Nerdiest Anime Characters of All Time
liamsimpson added Gohan (adult)

21
121 80
Trunks is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Nerdiest Anime Characters of All Time
liamsimpson added Trunks Dragon Ball Z, Dragon Ball Z: Fusion Reborn, Dragon Ball Z: Broly – The Legendary Super Saiyan

22
113 73
Kabuto Yakushi is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Nerdiest Anime Characters of All Time
Kabuto Yakushi Naruto, Naruto Shippūden, Naruto Shippuden the Movie: Bonds

23
85 50
Izzy Izumi is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Nerdiest Anime Characters of All Time
Izzy Izumi Digimon Adventure

24
84 66
Miles
Miles "Tails" Prower Sonic X, Sonic the Hedgehog, Adventures of Sonic the Hedgehog

25
120 65
Sailor Mercury is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Nerdiest Anime Characters of All Time
Sailor Mercury Sailor Moon, Sailor Moon Super S: The Movie, Sailor Moon R the Movie: Promise of the Rose

26
79 39
Shinra Kishitani is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Nerdiest Anime Characters of All Time
Shinra Kishitani Durarara!!

27
49 40
Makise Kurisu is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Nerdiest Anime Characters of All Time
Makise Kurisu

28
86 86
Sakura Haruno is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Nerdiest Anime Characters of All Time
shaurya-kapoor added Sakura Haruno Naruto, Naruto Shippūden, Naruto the Movie: Guardians of the Crescent Moon Kingdom

29
37 41
Houka Inumuta is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Nerdiest Anime Characters of All Time
Gea Loro added Houka Inumuta Kill la Kill

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30
92 74
Tōshirō Hitsugaya is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Nerdiest Anime Characters of All Time
Tōshirō Hitsugaya Bleach, Bleach: The DiamondDust Rebellion, Bleach: Memories of Nobody

31
55 56
Dr. Eggman is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Nerdiest Anime Characters of All Time
liamsimpson added Dr. Eggman Sonic Underground, Sonic the Hedgehog, Sonic X

32
60 43
Ash Ketchum is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Nerdiest Anime Characters of All Time
mohammadakhlaq added Ash Ketchum Pokémon The Series: XY, Pokémon: Arceus and the Jewel of Life, Pokémon 4Ever

33
45 49
Lloyd Asplund is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Nerdiest Anime Characters of All Time
Lloyd Asplund Code Geass

34
38 39
Sora is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Nerdiest Anime Characters of All Time
-1457839622895 added Sora No Game No Life

35
24 25
Shion is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Nerdiest Anime Characters of All Time
MKS22 added Shion No. 6

36
48 57
Videl (adult) is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Nerdiest Anime Characters of All Time
liamsimpson added Videl (adult)

37
32 37
Kotomi Ichinose is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Nerdiest Anime Characters of All Time
shaurya-kapoor added Kotomi Ichinose Clannad

38
56 50
Hatori Sohma is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Nerdiest Anime Characters of All Time
Hatori Sohma Fruits Basket

39
29 40
Negi Springfield is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Nerdiest Anime Characters of All Time
Negi Springfield Negima!?

40
45 48
Kurama is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Nerdiest Anime Characters of All Time
Kurama Yu Yu Hakusho

41
31 36
Shion Karanomori is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Nerdiest Anime Characters of All Time
Shion Karanomori Psycho-Pass

42
6 3
Shizuku Mizutani is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Nerdiest Anime Characters of All Time
6666 added Shizuku Mizutani Tonari no Kaibutsu-kun, Tonari no Kaibutsu-kun

43
34 44
Lettuce Midorikawa is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Nerdiest Anime Characters of All Time
Lettuce Midorikawa Tokyo Mew Mew

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44
11 28
Shiroe is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Nerdiest Anime Characters of All Time
Jessica Lyn added Shiroe

45
2 1
Hōtarō Oreki is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Nerdiest Anime Characters of All Time
1516613443906 added Hōtarō Oreki Classic Literature Club

46
2 1
Izuku Midorya is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Nerdiest Anime Characters of All Time
SophiaThompson added Izuku Midorya

47
12 35
Rika Shiguma is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Nerdiest Anime Characters of All Time
llshadowknightll added Rika Shiguma Boku wa Tomodachi ga Sukunai

48
0 3
Takishima Natsuhisa is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Nerdiest Anime Characters of All Time
hikaru takamiya added Takishima Natsuhisa Crazed Fruit

49
22 37
Kimihiro Watanuki is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Nerdiest Anime Characters of All Time
Kimihiro Watanuki xxxHOLiC, Xxxholic: The Movie: A Midsummer Night's Dream

50
10 36
Yukito Tsukishiro is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Nerdiest Anime Characters of All Time
Yukito Tsukishiro Cardcaptor Sakura: The Movie